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Judy Iliff Posted: Mon, Aug 24 2009 11:29 PM

This is so exciting! The pilot of the shuttle is the son of one of the members of my online Gladys Taber group. His name is Kevin Ford. Since we don't get NASA TV, I'm watching that channel online. If you're interested, it's

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/

 

 


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Linda Lou replied on Mon, Aug 24 2009 11:50 PM

Judy,

I am so happy that you are excited about the shuttle launch.  I live among astronauts, NASA command and control folks, engineers, contract specialists, etc.etc., that so many people here have become complacent. 

I am still like a little kid though.  We spent 26 years in the Air Force, with my husband actually training some of the earlier (1968-1969) astronauts to fly.  I just can't get past that excitement either.

Enjoy it!!  They are some pretty amazing guys and gals.  I think it should be mandatory watching in all of our schools in order to try to inspire some of our young folk to aim for the stars.

I'll get off my soapbox now!!  Have a great day.

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Judy Iliff replied on Mon, Aug 24 2009 11:56 PM

Linda, what's really funny is another of the ladies on the same list has a son who use to work for NASA. His name is David. One day Kevin walked into wherever David worked and said, "Hi! I'm Kevin Ford. I think our moms know each other from the Gladys list." We all thought it was too funny!

 


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Linda Lou replied on Tue, Aug 25 2009 12:10 AM

Judy,

That is so funny!!!  You know what they say---there are only 101 people in the world and we just keep running into them.  Ir's a small world really takes on a new meaning when that happens.

 

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Judy and Linda, I'm with you I think it is very exciting. Linda you have some really interesting neighbors. 

Judy, what is Gladys list?  I'm clueless again LOL

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Judy Iliff replied on Tue, Aug 25 2009 12:33 AM

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Judy and Linda, I'm with you I think it is very exciting. Linda you have some really interesting neighbors. 

Judy, what is Gladys list?  I'm clueless again LOL

First of all, they scrubbed the launch until tomorrow because of rain in Florida

The Gladys list is actually called the Friends of Gladys Taber. It just a bunch of women who all have read Gladys Taber books. She wrote about "domesticity", but really her life beginning in the 40's I think. I just enjoyed her books. I can't remember how I discovered the list.

 


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Thank for the explanation Judy.

I just saw that they scrubbed the mission. I still remember watching the first man into space, they actually let us watch in school.

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Or maybe that was the moon landing we watched we listened to the first man in space, I was just a baby of course. LOL

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Judy Iliff replied on Tue, Aug 25 2009 12:39 AM

I kind of remember when John Glenn went into space. When the first man walked on the moon, I was living in CA. My friend and I had gone to San Fransisco for the weekend. We were on Hwy 101 when he stepped out. I took a picture of the bay.

 


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I think what I was remembering was watching Shepards flight in 1961, we would have been stationed in TX and I remember watching the news in class. That would have been a very big deal then, I'm not sure if we had a TV at home then or not, we must have cause I think we got one while we were still in Idaho.

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I followed all the earlier NASA flights, beginning with the Mercury 7 astronauts who did some of their training at NAS Pensacola where my mom worked at the time.  John Glenn's historic orbit happened the day before my first daughter was born. And of course there was Neil Armstrong's unforgettable "one small step---" .  A teacher friend of mine actually applied for the program that became the tragically ill-fated Challenger.  Space travel has always fascinated me, but don't think I'll be around long enough to actually experience it.

 

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It is sad to say but there is not the big hoopla that there used to be with each launch...there isn't much media about them anymore...it is like we are too used to them or something...I didn't even know one was being launched...apparently Mars will be as big as the Moon on the 27th at 12 midnight ...that is something to see...I am hoping to remember and see it

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Thea replied on Tue, Aug 25 2009 2:15 PM

Helen Bell:
It is sad to say but there is not the big hoopla

 I agree Helly, i watched it on TV at school - we didn't have a TV at home - could have but my parents back then didn't like them - my grandparents did have one and we watched disney on their tv...

It is funny today it is common place - but not a big deal on television... it should be - it is a big accomplishment.

I am looking forward to seeing Mars - you are supposed to be able to see it right now - but I had forgotten about it - thank you Helly for reminding me - I have to call my son Brandon and remind him - we talked about this earlier this summer.

 

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Well, Judy it looks like you will have to wait another day, they scrubbed it again.

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Thanks, Lynn. I just saw that on the news but they didn't, in the news report, say when they would launch. Guess I'll go to the NASA site and see. At least they did it early. Last night they were down to the final 9 minutes of countdown.

 


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